The Riggs National Bank building is located at the center of Washington's financial district. The Roman, Ionic facade of the bank faces Robert Mills' United States Treasury building, itself a National Landmark and one of the finest examples of the Greek Revival period in the United States. Symbolically, the Neo-Classical Riggs Bank facade represents its close relationship to the work of the United States Treasury, and by implication, the important role it has played in public and private financial transactions in the Nation's Capital. The Riggs Bank presents an elegant example of the restrained classical facade employed at the turn of the century for important city banks. The use of the Neo-Classical had gained acceptance a decade earlier following the Chicago World's Fair. Neo-Classicism became the style of the city Beautiful movement and was espoused in Washington by the McMillan Commission. The architectural importance of the Riggs Bank was again recognized during the 1960s when it was selected by the Joint Committee on Landmarks as a Category II Landmark. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
-- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-543)
National Register information
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on July 16, 1973
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Areas of significance
Level of significance
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1925-1949
1899; 1902; 1924
June 19, 2017: New photo from Michael Miller
May 10, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller
April 27, 2017: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" and Added "Street View"
April 27, 2017: New Street View added by Michael Miller